Five-time Emmy Award-winner Jim Watson will call sled hockey play-by-play for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. Prior to Sochi, Watson called play-by-play for weightlifting and taekwondo at the 2012 London Games, indoor volleyball at Athens in 2004 and beach volleyball at the 2000 Games in Sydney.
Watson has served as a full-time play-by-play announcer, anchor, reporter and host for NBC Sports, Universal Sports, Fox Sports Net, ESPN3, Pac-12 Network, Time Warner and several other national and regional networks.
Currently, Watson is a play-by-play announcer for several Pac-12 sports. Watson annually works more than 60 conference events, including basketball, baseball, volleyball, gymnastics, soccer, water polo, track & field, cross-country, softball, and soccer. In addition, Watson was the original host of Runnin’ with the Pac for its first five seasons.
For 15 years, Watson was the pre-game and post-game host for Dodgers Live. He also worked as play-by-play announcer for the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour and the Los Angeles Galaxy of MLS.
Watson has added his voice to football, basketball, baseball, beach volleyball, team volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, water polo, swimming, weightlifting, track & field, cross-country, wrestling, skiing, snowboarding, ice hockey, softball, golf, tennis, motocross and rowing.
In addition to his work on Olympic, professional and collegiate sports, Watson has also called the football & basketball high school State Championships in California, Oregon and Washington.
Watson attended the University of Hawaii and the University of Southern California. He graduated from USC in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sports Information. He lives with his beautiful wife Shauna and daughter Roxy in Santa Monica, Calif.